Incidence of injury in elite Gaelic footballers

Ir Med J. 2006 Oct;99(9):269-71.


The purpose of this study was to undertake a comprehensive prospective epidemiological study of injuries sustained by elite Gaelic Football players over one season. The pattern of injury is strikingly similar across all teams with 47% of all injuries occurring in the final quarter of games and training. Injuries to the lower limb, particularly the hamstrings muscles accounted for the majority of injuries. 65% of players were unable to participate fully in Gaelic Football activity for between one and three weeks as a result of injury. The high incidence of injury especially hamstrings injuries in the latter stages of training and games warrants further investigation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Ireland / epidemiology
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / epidemiology
  • Sprains and Strains / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology